Whale Conservation

Why not aid whale conservation for your next trip abroad? Whales are part of the cetacean mammal family and are known for being very intelligent animals. The Cetacean family includes whales, dolphins and porpoises, and the one thing they have in common is that they are in need of our help.

By joining a whale conservation project, you can contribute to whale conservation efforts in a variety of ways. Whether it be taking part in educational touristic whale watching programs which adhere to a strict code of conduct that poses no harm to the animals, or photographing individual whales and monitoring their behavioural habits, all the work you will carry out is vital for the preservation of this species.

Whales sit at the top of the food chain and are a fundamental component of marine ecosystems, helping to maintain the overall health of our oceans. However, their fascinating nature has not urged humans to protect them, as many species are endangered. They face threats from scientific whaling, overfishing and pollution.

By joining a whale conservation project, you stand the chance of witnessing magnificent breaching humpback whales, curious sperm whales and possibly even the revered orca! There’s nothing quite like seeing the sheer size of a whale as you spot it on the ocean's surface and you can feel assured knowing that during this experience you are not interfering with the animals in any way.

What are you waiting for? Secure your place to aid whale conservation today!

Whales At A Glance

Dependent On Species
Oceans Around The World

How Endangered Are Whales

Even though they are at the top of the food chain, many whales are classified as endangered. It is estimated that around 350 North Atlantic right whales remain, with the number of other species varying from around 10,000 – 90,000. As we know, whales are extremely large animals, and this makes them easy targets. Currently, the status of the whale species is salvageable, but if whale conservation efforts are not increased, then we could be in danger of seeing many species of whales going extinct. 

Threats Whales Are Facing

Whales suffer from similar problems as many other marine-based animals. These problems include:

  • Scientific Whaling – under the law, people are still able to hunt whales for “legal purposes”, but this law was created at a time when no alternatives existed and is now outdated.
  • Bycatch – whales are often caught up in fishing equipment which was intended for other fish and will die as a result.
  • Commercial Whaling – countries such as Iceland continue to hunt whales for their markets even with backlash from other nations, and over 1,000 whales are killed each year for this practice.
Fast Facts
  • Humans killed at least 2.8 million whales in the 20th century.
  • There’s only one all-white humpback whale known in the world!
  • A blue whale is the biggest known animal on the planet! Its heart is the size of a small car. 
  • Sperm whales produce the loudest vocalisations of all species of whale. They are said to produce vocalisations which reach up to a whopping 230 decibels!

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Whale Conservation Articles

Fancy Exploring More of The Azores? Here’s What’s in Store for You After You've Finished at The Great Whale Project!

Life on the Azores is like nothing you will have experienced anywhere else in the world. This article suggests some incredible hidden features that will make you salivate at the idea of visiting The Atlantic's beautiful island cluster.

Volunteer Week! What Could You Be Up To If You Book A Last Minute Volunteer Trip?

Volunteer week concludes Monday 12th June, so we wanted to reach out to those of you looking to take a last minute volunteering trip abroad, and let you know what The Great Projects has on offer. Currently The IAR Orangutan Project, The Great Whale Project, and The Great Orangutan Project all have last minute availability up for grabs, so here's what you could be getting up to...

Update: The Great Whites Return To The Cape Waters Following Orca Attacks

At the beginning of May, numerous great white shark carcasses began to wash up ashore in South Africa, Responsible for the attacks, were orcas, who were hunting the great whites (not usually their typical diet) and precisely removing their livers! Following on from this, we checked in on our shark friends with new project coordinator Jessica.

What Could You Experience In Your Spare Time On Our Shamwari Conservation Project?

What Could You Experience In Your Spare Time On Our Shamwari Conservation Project?

On our Shamwari Conservation Experience in South Africa,...

Threatened Species Day 2016!

Threatened Species Day 2016!

It is Threatened Species Day 2016 and there are a lot of...

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